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Bri Gauger

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Bri Gauger

Dissertation Committee: Scott Campbell (chair), Joe Grengs, Matt Lassiter, June Manning Thomas, Valerie Traub (cognate)

Areas of Interest: Intellectual history, social movements, feminist theory, gender and urban space, planning history and education


Bri is a PhD candidate in urban planning and a graduate certificate student in women’s studies.  Building on years of experience as a community organizer, Bri completed a master’s degree from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2014 with a concentration in social and community planning.  She is driven by planning's potential to dismantle systemic and spatialized forms of oppression and is interested in how urban planning interacts with social norms at the intersections of gender, race, and class.

Bri’s dissertation, Urban Planning and its Feminist Histories, examines feminist thought and activism in the urban planning academy from 1965 to the present.  Relying on oral history accounts from feminist planning scholars, archival documents, and published materials, this project explores how ideas and strategies have traveled between feminism and planning and examines the institutional and informal practices that have shaped the meanings of feminism in the discipline.  The dissertation traces the contradictory legacy of feminism in planning’s intellectual history and evaluates the impacts on contemporary approaches to planning theory, scholarship and education.


Gauger, Bri. Forthcoming. “From the Women’s Movement to the Planning Academy: Feminist Urban Planning, 1970-1985.” In Feminist Geography Unbound: Discomfort, Bodies, and Prefigured Futures, edited by Banu Gökarisel, Michael Brian Hawkins, Christopher M Neubert, and Sara H Smith. Gender, Feminism, and Geography. West University Press.


  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2019-2020
  • Doctoral Student Award in Urban Planning, 2018
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, 2018
  • Institute for Research on Women and Gender/Rackham Graduate School Community of Scholars, 2018
  • Center for the Education of Women Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar, 2016-2017
  • Research through Planning Grant (with Scott Campbell and Ana Paul Pimentel Walker), 2016
  • Rackham Summer Award, 2016
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, 2016

Conference Presentations:

  • “From Marginalization to Mainstreaming: Feminism, Gender, and Diversity in the Urban Planning Academy, 1986-1995.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Buffalo, NY. October 2018.
  • “Feminism, Gender, and Diversity in the Urban Planning Academy, 1986-1995.” Philosophy of the City. Bogotá, Colombia. October 2018.
  • "Planning for Feminist Futures: Feminist Practice in the Urban Planning Academy." Spaces of Struggle: AAG Sessions on Radical Planning, American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA. April 2018.
  • "From the Women's Movement to Planning Scholarship: An Intellectual History of Feminist Urban Planning." Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Cleveland, OH. October 2017.
  • "From the Women's Movement to Planning Scholarship: An Intellectual History of Feminist Urban Planning." Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning, Denver, CO. October 2017.
  • "Feminism and Urban Planning: An Interdisciplinary History." Insides and Outsides of Feminism, a Feminist Geography Conference, Chapel Hill, NC. May 2017.
  • "’Ruin Porn’ and the Politics of Representation in Detroit." American Association of Geographers. San Francisco, CA. March 2016.
  • "Can I Get a Ride? Exploring the Role of Social Networks in Transportation." Urban Affairs Association. San Diego, CA. March 2016.